Barnsley Bard’s poetic gift to autistic kids

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BARD of Barnsley Ian McMillan is to visit the National Autistic Society’s Robert Ogden School in Thurnscoe tomorrow to host poetry workshops with the pupils.

Once described as ‘the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry’, Ian has been performing in the public eye for more than 20 years.

Over the past year, he has been sharing his passion for words and exploring language and communication with a range of audiences from school pupils and teachers through to education policy makers and politicians.

He will be working with young people aged between 14-19 years of age at the school, sharing some of his poetry with them and encouraging them to write their own poems.

Ian said: “I’m looking forward very much to going to the Robert Ogden School to mix the students’ words with my words and then see what happens!”

Principal Gillian Roberts said: “We are very excited that Ian McMillan is coming to the school and the children are really looking forward to meeting him. Workshops like the one with Ian are a brilliant opportunity for children to explore new and creative ways of expressing themselves and interacting with those around them.”